The trend continues

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Leonard Shepherd
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Re: The trend continues

yray wrote:

wide open, very well may be.

Even Nikon indirectly admit it is so, with several Nikon screwdriver AF lenses wide open. Nikon do not provide f8 performance detail but these older lenses generally have a lot of catching up to get near but not equal by f8, compared to a later AF-S lens and then again to an S lens.

https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/f-mount/singlefocal/normal/af_50mmf_14d/index.htm

I appreciate some prefer the "look" of some older lenses of not recording fine detail with reasonable contrast, or sometimes not resolving fine detail at all.

So shoot an f/1.4 lens at f/2, or an f/2 lens at f/2.5. Maybe even an f/2.8 lens at f/3.5 or f/4. Usually not such a big deal for most practical purposes.

It depends where you set the line for a "big deal" - which is your choice.

Several of the older screwdriver lens were OK in the centre with film, and contribute to more image detail on recent high MP cameras, but still fall well short of AF-s or Z performance combined with a recent camera.

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